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Death Of A Salesman: The Flaws And Failures Of Willy Loman

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Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, primarily focuses on the flaws and failures of Willy Loman, Millers’ main character in this story. Willy’s distorted and backward views of the American Dream, paired with his inability to let go of the past lead him down a road of regret and in the end his biggest failure which was his wasted life.
Willy Loman is a 60 year old senile salesman who desperately wants to be a successful salesman; however, his ideas about the ways in which one goes about achieving this are very much misguided, just as his morals are. He believes that popularity and good looks are the key to achieving the American dream, rather than hard work and dedication. He not only lives his entire life by this code, but instills his delusional beliefs in his two sons Biff and Happy. As a result, his sons experience similar failures in their adult lives. Willy led a life of illusion, lies and regret which not only ruined his life, but gad a negative impact on the lives of family as well.
Willy was never able to say he was a good father to his sons. He prioritized his job over them and stayed away on business trips for an extensive amount of time. Because of this, he never really got to bond with Biff or Happy, nor did they ever know what it meant to have a fathers love. Willy showed favoritism towards Biff only because of his athletic achievements, but once Biff lost his scholarship, it seemed as though Willy no longer cared. Instead of teaching his sons strong moral values needed in life, he encouraged laziness, poor work ethics and Biff’s habit of stealing. To top off his failed son/father relationship, he didn’t know how to deal with his son’s disgust for him after catching him having an affair. Willy wanted to be the best father he could and often consulted with his dead brother ben for advice on ways to raise them. He failed to realize that all he really did was set his sons up for failure. Perhaps...

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